St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

01993 841240

Home Learning

Welcome to our Home Learning Page - check back for updates and support for helping you to help your children...

Hi all, I do hope you are all holding up and staying safe in these difficult times.  I just wanted to remind you that working from home and working in school, which is a very social environment, is so very different - I know you know this so please don't worry about getting all of the work completed.  This is new to all of us, as teachers we want to ensure that your child is receiving the education they deserve and as parents, you will feel the same. Please do not try to copy the routines of school, for most, this won't work - school as we currently know and understand it - is out!

Instead, spend time doing things as a family - things like cooking, baking, colouring, reading. Find fun things to do in the garden, if you are lucky enough to have one.  If not, take a walk in the countryside  - get your child to look at the wildlife around them, the plants that are growing - make a scrap book of spring.  Look at the live cameras in zoos and wildlife parks, get them to choose an animal - do a project on that, what can they find out about the animal - where did it originate from, look these things up on maps online, find out about those countries and other animals that live there. 

Get children to start a diary (or video diary) about their experiences, feelings and emotions during this time - write poetry or letters to loved ones ready to give to them when this is all over.  This will help with their wellbeing (I have started to write too, it does help).  

Get them to invent - look at a particular object - a mobile telephone for example - trace the history map it on a timeline - what do they think telephones would look like in another 5, 10 or 15 years - what could they do? (this could be done for anything, cars and transport, homes, hospitals etc - I heard on the news the other day that the mantle piece in our home has history - it was used to show the particular status of people depending on what they had on it - go figure?  I never knew that!)

If you need any resources from school - please email the office and I can arrange a 'pick up' point.  We have exercise books, pens, atlases, IT equipment, whiteboards etc.  If you need anything specific to support your child - just ask and we will try to organise it so that you can collect safely. 

Please, please, please - follow the government guidelines, particularly about social distancing and staying at home - ensure that you and your child fully understands the rules and maintain distances and hygiene so that we can all do our part in saving lives.

Stay Safe!


We would love to put your pictures, work and activities on our page - email them to Ms MacLennan or Mrs Smith via:

We have had a lovely Spring Poem sent to us today.

Written by Izzy, it has made my day!

Happy Birthday Ms Hawkins!!

Our First 100 Things Picture

NHS Rainbows


Food A Fact of Life 

Worksheet activities

Less time/Less complex

1. Literacy and food: Play food bingo and see who can complete their card the first! With each food that is called out, name one meal that uses that food.

2. Art, food, literacy and geography: Ingredients come from lots of different places.  Draw or write two ingredients that can be found in a baker, butcher, allotment, fishmonger, market and supermarket. Use the Where do ingredients come from worksheet to help.

2. Do you know your A – Z? List as many food and drinks you can for each letter of the alphabet – some are easier than others!

More time / More complex

4. Cooking and science: Demonstrate your food skills and knowledge by showing a member of your family how to make bread.  Explain the function of the ingredients as you are going along – use the Bread ingredients and functions interactive activity to help. Ask your family member to complete the Bread functions worksheet as you are talking.  Afterwards, check to see how well they have been listening!

5. Food and geography: Meals and dishes – how well do you know the ingredients used to make them?  Look at the Meal cards and identify the ingredients in each meal or dish.  Choose one ingredient and find out where it is traditionally grown or produced.  Draw or download a Map of the world and mark each of the countries.

6. Food and science: Puzzling plants – plants produce lots of our food, but where on a plant? For each of the following plant parts, list as many foods as you can! Flowers, Fruits, Leaves, Stems and shoots, Roots and Tubers. Why not draw a large plant and list the foods next to each part?


Food skills

Less time / Less complex

1. Food and art: Complete the Making a meal of it worksheet to show how ingredients are prepared to make a meal. For example, cabbage would be sliced to make coleslaw and potatoes would be peeled, cut and boiled to make potato salad.

2. Cooking and literacy: Watch the Skills quiz presentation  Name each food skill being used and identify one recipe that can be prepared using the skill.

3. Cooking, literacy and art: Create a chart showing all the food skills you know. For each skill, state its name and draw a picture of it when used in cooking. (Here’s a few food skills to get you started: grating, measuring, using the oven, whisking and zesting.)


More time / More complex

4.Cooking, literacy and art: Practice a range of food skills and make a record of what you have done. Create a booklet with skills, recipes and photographs or complete the Cooking skills record sheet (for younger children) or the Food skills audit (for older children/young people).

5. Cooking, hygiene and art: Using the Food skills and cooking techniques poster as an example, create your own poster to show the food skills and cooking techniques used to make a dish of your choice. Make sure you include getting ready to cook, the different stages of preparing and cooking, and then serving your dish.

6. Cooking, food and literacy: Different recipes require a range of skills to be used. For each of the following recipes, state which food skills are used and why.

  • Fruit salad (made with banana, grapes, strawberries, kiwi fruit and orange)
  • Bread (made with flour, water, yeast, and a little salt)
  • Spaghetti bolognese (cooked spaghetti, served with a sauce made from beef/alternative, onion, tomatoes and herbs)
  • Vegetable soup (made with onion, leeks, potatoes, carrots and stock)
  • Fish cakes (made with cooked fish, mashed potato, egg and breadcrumbs)

There is also a wide range of videos that focus on food skills available on the Food – a fact of life website, including getting startedusing equipmentpreparing ingredientsusing the cookerusing flourmaking a sauce and red meat skills videos.



Some great ideas and free resources section...



Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required



Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required



Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

Elevenses with the World of David Walliams


Key stages: key stage 2

Description: one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.

Registration: not required

BBC have released new resources to support children at home and are based on year groups - they are fab!

Think U Know - online safety home activity worksheets for parents and carers.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens - If you're looking for something to do at home, why not check out the Penguin Pool and Meerkat enclosures at:

Life Education Team

Harold – our happy, healthy giraffe mascot and a favourite with children – will be posting a daily blog: Harold’s Daily Diary!  Here’s the link to it:


RE:  Ten:Ten Resources – Prayers for home/Parent Portal and reminder password


Parent Portal:

Username:         st-josephs-ox18

Password:          ham-18


Times tables Rock Stars – please contact your child's teacher if you have not received a login


Carol Voderman  Currently free!


Brain Parade


Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.



Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.

Sensory App House Ltd


Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.

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